After the sale of Harry Maguire to West Ham, Man United have just three senior centre-backs on their books.
As a result, United probably need to sign another stopper before the summer deadline. They have already identified one player as a potential Maguire replacement.
The player in question? Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, who is valued at €30m by transfermarket.com.
Todibo joined Nice in 2021 from FC Barcelona in a cut-price deal. He has since featured 109 times for the French outfit, including on 34 occasions in Ligue 1 during the 2022/23 season.
And now, French football expert Jonathan Johnson has provided an update on Todibo and suggested he is ready for a Premier League move:
“I think Jean-Clair Todibo is getting close to being ready for a move to the Premier League. I think his playing style suits it and I’m not surprised that Man United, having been linked with Disasi in the past, are being linked to the Nice star. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him move on between now and the end of the transfer window as I think Nice would do very well to hold on to both Todibo and Thuram.
“While Nice remain out of European competition, it is going to be difficult for him to build on the call-up he had to the French senior squad not that long ago. So, I do think there is the potential that Todibo makes that kind of Man United move in the near future and if the Manchester club do get him, I think there are some similarities with Raphael Varane in many ways.
“He’s bounced around a bit more than the Man United star though since he left France very early on in his career and I think he is in need of a more permanent home, which he has been deprived of. Wherever he goes next, he’ll definitely need that exposure to continental football to continue developing.”